The jury may still be out on this one, Part 0

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2009/12/11 07:31 -05:00, original URI:

Jury duty is not something I have really been in the habit of consciously avoiding.

And yet despite having appeared ready to serve on many a jury in the ~7745 days since my 18th birthday, I have never been asked to deliberate on any case being tried before a jury.

Sometimes I wait and never end up being selected at all, sometimes I am excused for cause by one of the attorneys, and on two occasions I was excused by peremptory challenges (some attorney thought I'd be bad for them on the panel I suppose).

The most recent prior summons, I wrote about a year ago last April in How to avoid jury duty without feeling guilty or offended?, and you can see how simply asking about accessibility led them to excuse me.

Anyway, I have another jury summons, this one for the week after next.

And I am going to simply go this time.

If things are not totally accessible, then that's fine -- the iBot can help make up for it.

Now I have a sneaking suspicion that I will end up not serving once I show up (for all kinds of reasons, you can guess what they may be but only some of them relate to the iBot -- other reasons like my extensive history of seeing every episode of every franchise of Law & Order might make one of those people), but I am going to do my best to try. As the summons mentions, jury service is one of the fundamental rights, privileges, and duties of participation in a democratic society.

When the whole thing is done, I'll blog about the experience, however it turns out. Including how the iBot fares....

John Cowan on 11 Dec 2009 1:02 PM:

Well, it seems that Norman Goodman has finally decided that my problems with sitting still for hours are real (I fall asleep every time if I can't get up and move around every hour or so), so I'm probably off the hook -- but you never know.

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